The flight to cloud grows — we’re seeing it, industry is seeing it.

We reported a couple of weeks ago that cloud was gaining traction in enterprise IT; well, there are more stats this week from a couple of studies that support those findings: cloud adoption is on the increase, and significantly so.

Verizon’s “State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2014” report suggests that 70 per cent of companies are now trusting cloud platforms with mission critical applications, while spend on cloud in the enterprise market is up 38 per cent year on year.

Talking of spending, a report by IDC (Independent Data Corporation) forecasts that by the end of 2014, investment in public cloud services (combining SaaS, PaaS and IaaS) will reach $56.6 billion, adopting a compound annual growth rate of 22.8 per cent to reach $127 billion in 2018.

Our view?

And that backs up what we’re seeing as a hosting and infrastructure provider “at the coal face”. We’re approaching a real milestone at 1st Easy, where cloud hosting services will soon overtake physical colocation in terms of contribution to our revenues. This big shift is occurring as our existing colocation and physical server customers choose to stay part of the family, and migrate to our cloud server and cloud data centre solutions. This sits alongside a notable increase in new enquiries — specifically around cloud services.

Perhaps those barriers to adoption that we’ve talked about in recent posts are finally being overcome — maybe cloud isn’t quite as scary as some people would have you believe!

Why are people moving to cloud?

Verizon’s data also highlighted some of the considerations and drivers involved in cloud adoption. Sure enough, uptime was high on the agenda, with 80 per cent of organisations claiming this as the key factor in a selecting their provider — quite naturally. There’s also some evidence that businesses are buying into one of the central benefits of cloud — the ability for individual departments to procure and be responsible for the IT they need, without the necessary involvement (and associated delay in the process) of IT departments: there was no wish to “hold the business back or stymie innovation’.

We’ve got plenty of content on our website (here, here and here for example!) to give you a round up of why cloud is gaining in popularity as a way of accessing IT. But that’s a lot of reading…

So, as we always say at the end of these posts, you’re welcome to try cloud (free of charge) for yourself. Get hands on, see how it works. Sign up here for a two week trial, and Dean will be in touch to take you through everything you need to know to get up and running in your own cloud data centre.

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